Warren Hellman, Founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Dies

RIP Warren Hellman

The indelible Warren Hellman, founder of the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and the Bay Citizen, has died.

His family told reporters that the 77-year-old San Francisco icon died Sunday from complications of leukemia. Public services are planned for Wednesday at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

He died just three days after the city renamed Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, the site where he held the annual bluegrass festival, as Hellman Hollow.

“Warren was a great mentor, partner and friend, and above all, a great man,” Brian Powers, chairman of Hellman & Friedman, said in a press release posted on the company's website. “He will be deeply missed. His commitment to civic and philanthropic activities and his extraordinary generosity to the many causes he supported will have a lasting impact on our community.”

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